Telecom companies moan at Google for people using the internet
Google have become something of a bogeyman to some people. They facilitate illegal activity (for those looking for it, mind you) and China hates them. Now, some of Europe’s biggest telecoms groups are irritated by Google for... well... something perfectly legal and you'd think, something that they'd be rather pleased about.
See, these companies are moaning about what they perceive to be YouTube's 'free-ride' with Google.
Telefónica, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom all said Google should start paying them for carrying bandwidth-gobbling content such as YouTube video over their networks. Some of these groups are concerned that Google is reducing them to nothing more than "dumb pipes" because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying content. In fairness, they are nothing more than dumb pipes - dumb pipes that people pay money for to use the internet all the time.
César Alierta, chairman of Telefónica, said Google should share some of its online advertising revenue with the telecoms groups:
“These guys are using the networks and they don’t pay anybody,” he said.
Mr Alierta said that if no revenue sharing agreement was possible between the internet search engines led by Google and the network operators, regulators should supervise a settlement. Presumably, they'll want to strike out a deal with every other search engine as well, who also provide shit-loads of traffic for the multitude of video-streaming sites?